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One of stars of Channel 4 reality show tells Lib Dem leader he could ‘win her vote’

Motor Racing: Formula One's new twist on Henry Ford - any colour car you like, as long as it is red

Murray Walker may well be offering up a quiet word of thanks that McLaren changed their colours from red and white to silver last season following yesterday's unveiling of the new Ferrari and Williams grand prix cars.

Books For Christmas: How rallying's fast master turned tradition on its head

Who is Britain's best driver in motor sport? Damon Hill? David Coulthard? Johnny Herbert? There is a powerful case for arguing he is none of these, but instead Colin McRae.

Motor Racing: Lauda's blast for `madman' Ralf

Ralf Schumacher yesterday came in for strong criticism for causing the crash at the Luxembourg Grand Prix that virtually ended Ferrari's Formula One title hopes.

Football: The Gaffer Tapes - Now I'm the only Premiership manager with a Ferrari

The first week in any new job is a tough one and football management is no different. I've had to quickly get a feel of the office politics - who's got the chairman's ear? Who's the club scapegoat? Who's got the car park place I want? What's the home phone number of the attractive young temp in the club shop? I'm sure Kevin Keegan is thinking the same thoughts this morning - well, apart from the last one.

Ferrari death crash: Man accused

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Opera all'italiana

Verona isn't the only venue for summer opera in Italy, as Joanne Watson discovered on her travels to the festivals of Macerata, Pesaro and Torre del Lago

Motor racing: Ferrari extend Irvine's contract

Eddie Irvine will spend a third season with Ferrari after the Italian Formula One team yesterday decided to take up their option on the Ulsterman's services for 1998.

The reluctant rocker

Interview: John Walsh meets... Chris Rea

Motor racing: The enigma's final variation

David Tremayne says Formula One's wild child, Eddie Irvine, is maturing at last

Ferrari factor powers Inchcape

Sales of Ferraris, those symbols of motoring extravagance, are booming in Britain and provide further evidence of a buoyant consumer economy.

Motor racing: New designer for Ferrari

The former Benetton designer Rory Byrne will take over from John Barnard as chief designer at Ferrari next week.

MEET THE HIRE CLASS OF DRIVER

Motoring: If you need a hire car forget the Escorts and Cavaliers and go for a real motor. Michael Booth spends a blissful day driving a head-turning Ferrari and behaving like the ultimate boy racer

WIN A FERRARI CONVERTIBLE FOR A MONTH WITH THE INDEPENDENT

If you have ever dreamed of sitting behind the wheel of the ultimate open-top sports car, read on, because this week The Independent and the Independent on Sunday are giving you the chance to do just that.

Drive an Escort, not a Ferrari, and be happy

Marek Kohn meets a man with a plan to get rid of the fat-cat factor

Emotional farewell to home of the tantrum

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The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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